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The recording industry is fighting a losing battle: it

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21 May 2010, 01:46
OA is E and OE is:

(E) CORRECT. The argument concludes that the prosecution of a small number of people who download music illegally will have a minimal impact on the overall number of people who engage in illegal downloading. However, if the threat of prosecution were enough to “alter the behavior” of others (i.e., deter them from illegally downloading music), the actions of the recording industry could have a significant impact on the number of people who illegally download music.

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The recording industry is fighting a losing battle: it simply does not have the resources to prosecute all of the individuals who illegally download music from the Internet. Because the number of individuals who will be charged with a crime is so limited, the actions of the recording industry will have a minimal impact on the number of people who illegally download music.
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The recording industry is fighting a losing battle: it simply does not have the resources to prosecute all of the individuals who illegally download music from the Internet. Because the number of individuals who will be charged with a crime is so limited, the actions of the recording industry will have a minimal impact on the number of people who illegally download music.

The answer to which of the following questions would best help evaluate the accuracy of the conclusion above?

a>Will recording industry lawyers dedicate the majority of their time to prosecuting those who illegally download music?

b>Is a small minority of individuals responsible for the majority of illegal song downloads?

c> Do many individuals who illegally download songs share their music files with other Internet users?

d>Will new Internet security technology permit the recording industry to more quickly and easily identify individuals who illegally download music?

e>Will the threat of prosecution alter the behavior of those who illegally download music?

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19 Jun 2011, 12:19
I believe it's (E).

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19 Jun 2011, 12:46
sushbis wrote:
The recording industry is fighting a losing battle: it simply does not have the resources to prosecute all of the individuals who illegally download music from the Internet. Because the number of individuals who will be charged with a crime is so limited, the actions of the recording industry will have a minimal impact on the number of people who illegally download music.

The answer to which of the following questions would best help evaluate the accuracy of the conclusion above?

a>Will recording industry lawyers dedicate the majority of their time to prosecuting those who illegally download music?

b>Is a small minority of individuals responsible for the majority of illegal song downloads?

c> Do many individuals who illegally download songs share their music files with other Internet users?

d>Will new Internet security technology permit the recording industry to more quickly and easily identify individuals who illegally download music?

e>Will the threat of prosecution alter the behavior of those who illegally download music?

Conclusion: The actions(of prosecuting) of the recording industry will have a minimal impact.
Reasoning: Because the number of illegal down-loaders is less.

C says: Don't go just by the number of illegal down-loaders. Because, if the illegal down-loaders share the music with 1000 others, the impact will be great.

E: also is okay to an extent. But, the conclusion didn't seem to undermine the impact of prosecution anyway.

Ans: "C"
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19 Jun 2011, 18:28
I would go with B.

Is a small minority of individuals responsible for the majority of illegal song downloads?
If the answer is yes, than the battle is not a losing one, as prosecuting them will cover most of the illegal downloads.

If the answer is no, then the battle is indeed a loosing one.

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19 Jun 2011, 21:41
IMO A.

What is OA?

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20 Jun 2011, 00:29
here the conclusion is "Recording industry is fighting loosing battle"

Other part is the evidence.

Answer choice B will be the one.

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20 Jun 2011, 00:36
a>Will recording industry lawyers dedicate the majority of their time to prosecuting those who illegally download music?OOS

c> Do many individuals who illegally download songs share their music files with other Internet users?correct

d>Will new Internet security technology permit the recording industry to more quickly and easily identify individuals who illegally download music?Irrelevant

e>Will the threat of prosecution alter the behavior of those who illegally download music?OOS

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20 Jun 2011, 11:03
I'm stuck between C and E.. What is the answer?

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21 Jun 2011, 04:38
Its E.

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21 Jun 2011, 06:53
I am going with E. Think about it:

Because the number of individuals who will be charged with a crime is so limited, the actions of the recording industry will have a minimal impact on the number of people who illegally download music.

We need to stop illegal downloads. There are a large number of people who download music illegally. But we can prosecute only a limited number of them.

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21 Jun 2011, 08:18
I am not able to decide between B and E. can the person who posted the question explain the answer

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21 Jun 2011, 08:26
The OA is E. But i contend the answers given in support for E. Here the author mentions that their is insufficient resources to prosecute illegal downloaders. So even if they do prosecute, that number will be very small. So why E. E seems to bear very little relevance to the argument. But if the number of illegal downloaders are itself small, then more people can come under jurisdiction, thus resolving the issue of lack of resources. B seems to be a more apt answer to this than E. Experts, please resolve this!

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This is a very subtle question - if you don't read the wording extremely carefully, it's easy to be tempted by a few of the answer choices. The key point to notice here is that we are concerned with "the **number of people** who illegally download music." We are *not* concerned with the number of illegal downloads.

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21 Jun 2011, 19:53
Its clearly E. If the threat of Prosecution will deter potential violators, then the plan will succeed.

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I too chose B when I answered this question on a practice exam, but I realized that it is wrong, because the argument is concerned about the number of PEOPLE illegally downloading people and not the number of illegal downloads. More of this explanation can be found here http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/the-recording-industry-is-fighting-a-losing-battle-t406.html.

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I will go with B.

The question stem is, .....would best help evaluate the accuracy of the conclusion above?

The conclusion is obviously last lines of the stimulus which portrays that the number of individuals who will charged with crime is limited.....downloaded music. A negative tone.

So, what could make is positive?
It might be possible that a quite small minority of individuals publishing the illegal songs on internet are responsible. Here answer B comes.

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the actions of the recording industry will have a minimal impact on the number of people who illegally download music.

the actions of the recording industry will have a huge impact on the number of people who illegally download music.

• Will recording industry lawyers dedicate the majority of their time to prosecuting those who illegally download music?

How lawyers are dedicating their time has no bearance to the issue in hand

• Is a small minority of individuals responsible for the majority of illegal song downloads?

Even if that is so, how do we conclude that the actions of the recording industry will have a solid impact on the number of people who illegally download music. We already know that the number of individuals who will be charged with a crime is limited. how many songs they are downloading --> doesnt matter. what matter is scenrio outside of small minority --> if small minority of individuals responsible for the majority of illegal song downloads is charged does it impact people outside of small minority, No.

• Do many individuals who illegally download songs share their music files with other Internet users?

same as B.

• Will new Internet security technology permit the recording industry to more quickly and easily identify individuals who illegally download music?

We already know that the number of individuals who will be charged with a crime is so limited --> so identification is not the issue. issue is that --> it simply does not have the resources to prosecute all of the individuals.

• Will the threat of prosecution alter the behavior of those who illegally download music?

Yes --> huge impact
no---> no impact.

So if by minimum prosecution we can have a huge impact on others, we can scare them then yes the actions of the recording industry will have a huge impact on the number of people who illegally download music.

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